Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says it’s a dream that the city won a $5 million prize to help low-income children boost language skills. The prize money came from a philanthropic organization set up by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee is coming under fire for not releasing a report on Medicaid and food stamps fraud. The pension settlement reached between Providence and its workers and retirees has been approved. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.
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It took seven years and $21 million, but a large affordable housing complex in the west end of Providence is finally ready for occupancy.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee joined with other dignitaries to celebrate the completion with a ribbon cutting. The apartments are scattered in 23 buildings. Rhode Island Housing director Richard Godfrey says the buildings were in pretty rough shape.
"They were all vacant. Some of them were burned out. All boarded," says Godfrey. "It was a very, very distressed neighborhood."
Rhode Island state veterinarian Scott Marshall is defending the actions of his law enforcement officers at a pet show in Providence this past weekend. Some cat owners were angry when environmental police demanded health and rabies certificates.
In fact the president of the International Cat Association was so upset she’s threatening to move the group’s annual convention out of Providence.